How to Tell if Termites Have Invaded Your Home in Ohio
Investigating Common Signs of Termite Infestation
Termites are something that no homeowner wants to deal with, especially with the large price tag that comes with an infestation. While you may think that your home is safe from termites, that is not the case. According to the EPA, homeowners throughout the U.S. spend upwards of two billion dollars to treat infestations. Termites can get into your home completely undetected and leave hundreds or thousands of dollars in property damage. As we briefly mentioned last month, there are a few tell-tale signs of a termite infestation, including:
- Hollow sounding wood/walls
- Shed wings around door jams or windowsills
- Termite droppings (small black spots)
- Damage to wooden areas like door jams, windowsills, flooring, or walls
- Drooping or warped walls or floors
- Small holes in walls or wooden areas
There are many signs that could point to a termite or other pest infestation. While it is important to do your research, a pest inspection by a qualified exterminator is the best option to give you peace of mind. Eastern-Burkholder Exterminators, Inc. in Belpre, OH, is here to complete an inspection and help you to navigate the issues of a termite infestation.
What Do I Do if Termites Are in My Home?
Say that you used the above signs to determine that you have a termite infestation, and a proper inspection proved this. Now what do you do?
Remove their favorite hangout spots. This can include wood piles close to your home or structure, leaves in gutters, and damp areas in the home. If your basement is prone to water or moisture, it is best to work to keep it dry.
Find an affordable, effective termite treatment plan. There are no easy ways to get rid of termites and holding off on treatment will only make the damage much more costly. Eastern-Burkholder Exterminators, Inc. uses various termite treatments and offers DIY options at our showroom.
It’s important to remember that termites colonize. This means that you could have hundreds or even thousands of termites, depending on the type. Just ignoring the problem or trying store-bought treatments will not change or effect the damage, and these pests will not go away on their own.
Eastern-Burkholder Exterminators Offers Effective Treatments
Eastern-Burkholder Exterminators, Inc. offers Termidor® termite treatments to effectively remove termites from homes and businesses. We use both Termidor and Termidor HE Copack to provide expert results. This treatment works on subterranean, Formosan, and drywood termites, as they unknowingly ingest it. Termidor is also much more eco-friendly than other commercial-grade termite treatments and can prevent termites from coming back. We understand that termites come with large cost, and our company works to provide affordable treatment options.
The application method varies depending on the termite type. Most Ohioans who experience a termite infestation will face subterranean termites. The proper treatment will include your exterminator applying the treatment around the foundation and the perimeter of the structure. This will act as barrier to keep termites from coming back.
Termidor is for commercial use only. Talk to your trusted exterminators at Eastern-Burkholder to learn more about our termite treatments, or visit our showroom to find some consumer-grade products to help prevent pests.
How Can I Keep Termites from Returning?
Once termites are gone, it’s crucial to keep them from coming back. The proper treatments will help, but there are other precautions that you can take. A few tips that can keep termites away include:
- Keep gutters and drains clean and free of leaves.
- Keep wood piles, stumps, and other wood objects away from homes, sheds, and other wood structures.
- If your home has water damage, treat it right away. Termites love dark, damp areas.
- Keep up with pest treatments. Eastern-Burkholder Exterminators, Inc. has a wide variety of DIY treatments, along with our own free pest inspections.
- Keep soil or mulch from touching the foundation.
- Regularly inspect other wooden structures as well, including decks, sheds, or fences.
Eastern-Burkholder Exterminators, Inc. is here to help you combat termites. Call us today for your free pest inspection or to schedule a treatment. We also inspect real estate properties – you can never be too careful when purchasing a home.